May Branch Meeting: Facundo Arrizabalaga – a personal journey

7th May, 2016

Protesters stand by at a vandalised bus stop during a student demonstration against university tuition fees in central London, Britain, 24 November 2010. Lines of police are holding back thousands of student protesters in central London, in a wave of protests against higher tuition fees and university budget cuts. EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA.. ...

Protesters stand by at a vandalised bus stop during a student demonstration against university tuition fees in central London, Britain, 24 November 2010. Lines of police are holding back thousands of student protesters in central London, in a wave of protests against higher tuition fees and university budget cuts. EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA.

6pm, Tuesday 31 May 2016.
The Studio, The London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8UE.

Respected press photographer and branch member Facundo Arrizabalaga will talk about his best images in the context of his personal journey.

Facundo was born in Argentina and studied law before discovering photography at the age of 30. After studying photojournalism here in London he worked as a freelance news photographer and joined the European Pressphoto Agency in 2012.

He won the British Journal of Photography 2011 Award for Single Image. His work has been recognised by the Press Photographer’s Year Awards and UK Picture Editors Guild.

April Branch Meeting: Investigatory Powers Bill – The Implications for Lens Based Journalism

10th April, 2016

Palace of Westminster 9-1-16

6pm, Tuesday 26 April 2016.
Room A, London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road London, WC1X 8UE.

At this month’s meeting human rights lawyer Jules Carey and NUJ legal officer Roy Mincoff will give a talk on the Investigatory Powers Bill and the implications for lens based journalism. Both will speak for around 15 minutes and then we will have 30 minutes for questions.

NUJ Delegate Meeting (DM 2016) Southport

Our delegates will give a report on the Delegate Meeting in the business part of the meeting.

Election of Union Learning Representative

The Union Learning Representative post is still vacant and will be on the agenda in the business part of the meeting.

March Branch Meeting: Photobook Publishing

14th March, 2016

India - Ernakulam - A shrine to the Communist leader A. K. Gopalan(AKG) in the Indian Coffee House


6.30pm, Tuesday 29 March 2016

The Studio, London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road London, WC1X 8UE


At this month’s meeting photojournalist and NUJ member Stuart Freedman will give a talk on his experience of having his first book being published.

The Palaces of Memory is a journey into India through the Indian Coffee Houses, a national network of worker-owned cafés which can be found in cities throughout the sub-continent. The Coffee Houses simultaneously speak of a Post-Independence optimism and a now-faded grandeur. Buried deep within the country’s collective memory they have for decades acted simultaneously as political and artistic salons as well as simple eating places.

Stuart is photographer and writer based between London and New Delhi. A member of Panos Pictures, he has, over more than two decades, covered stories from Albania to Zambia and his work has featured internationally including in Life, Geo, Time, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, The Sunday Times Magazine, Paris Match, Smithsonian, Condé Nast Traveller.

The Palaces of Memory – Tales from the Indian Coffee House is published by Dewi Lewis with a foreword by Amit Chaudhuri and was shortlisted for the Pictures of the Year (POYi) best book award in the United States.


NUJ Delegate Meeting (DM 2016) Southport

We will also be looking at the motions proposed for the NUJ Delegate Meeting that will take place in Southport from Thursday 14 April to Sunday 17 April 2016. This will give us the opportunity to discuss the policies being lined up for our union, and to vote on how our delegates should address them at DM. The final DM agenda is available from the main NUJ website. At the January AGM we elected three out of our four DM delegates (John Rogers, Michael Cole and Michael Preston). The fourth delegate will be elected at this month’s meeting.


Election of branch officers

The following vacant branch officers posts will be up for election. Secretary, Membership Secretary and Union Learning Representative.

Call to Former Demotix Contributors

27th January, 2016

Michael Preston, LPB Welfare Officer writes:

Given the dramatic turn of events in regards to the acquisition of Demotix and Corbis by Getty/Visual China Group last week, the NUJ London Photographer’s Branch is looking to put together a late notice motion to be presented to the NUJ delegate conference and/or the NEC.

If you would like to feed your concerns into this please email:

Please indicate whether you are an NUJ member.

If you are an NUJ Member, the next meeting of the NUJ London Photographer’s Branch – 23rd February – will be discussing and considering the issues arising from the sale. Please see our website for details.

You can read more about the deal and its implications for Corbis and Demotix photographers here.


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, 6.00pm 26 January 2016

7th January, 2016

The London Photographers’ Branch will hold its Annual General Meeting on 26 January at the NUJ national office, Headland House, 308 / 312 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1X 8DP. It will start at 6 pm sharp.   Any motions members want to discuss must be submitted by noon on 26 January. Please send them to:

It’s at the AGM when the activities for next year are broadly discussed and new Branch officers are elected to the committee. Any full branch member can be nominated for a post or can nominate themselves. This can be done prior to the AGM or during it. In addition, we have customarily also elected two, three or four additional members to offer general support. Temporary and Student members cannot hold a formal position, but in the past have been co-opted onto the committee in a non-portfolio role.  Joining the committee is a great way of contributing to the running and success of the branch.  No experience is necessary.  If you are thinking of standing or would like more information, please email:

According to our Standing Orders (7) the following officers are elected:

  • chair
  • vice chair
  • secretary (to keep records and convene meetings)
  • membership and recruitment / retention officer
  • treasurer (responsible for the funds in the care of the branch and for keeping accounts (must over 18 years of age)
  • welfare officer ( A welfare officer to care for the interests of sick members and their spouses and liaise with  the NUJ Extra)
  • equality officer  (equality officer to promote equality issues and provide a focus for questions and  complaints arising from the code of conduct)
  • Union learning representative

We will also be electing our delegation to the next NUJ Delegates Meeting, which will be on 15, 16, 17 April and will take place in Southport.  The LPB is entitled to 4 delegates.

July Branch Meeting: 7/7 Ten Years On

21st July, 2015

Terrorist Suicide Bombing; Edgware Road Tube

6.00 pm Tuesday 28 July 2015, Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP

On July 7th 2005 branch member Edmond Terakopian took a selection of award winning images that came to define the events of that day.  A decade on we are extremely grateful to him for agreeing to speak at this month’s branch meeting, and look forward to welcoming him back. Edmond is considered by all across our industry to be at the top of his game, as well as being an expert in the field of teaching and presentation. This subject draws together many strands of our work, from covering live news events to the ethics of photographing the victims of violence and terrorism.

Usual time, usual place, see you there!

June Branch Meeting: Pitch & Deal

25th June, 2015


6.00 pm Tuesday 30 June 2015, Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP
This month’s meeting will focus on how to get more dosh from those troublesome entities otherwise known as ‘clients’.

Phil Sutcliffe has been in journalism for 45 years and runs a highly recommended 1 day course on this very subject. He will deliver the main points enabling us to get our monetary due and play our own small part in driving rates up. Phil says: “Freelancing is a business! This session will boil down the NUJ one-day course, Pitch & Deal*, to a few crucial points that could help you sell your pix and services to more clients at a better price – via quickfire tips, Q&A and impromptu role play.”

The full course is available in October here.

NUJ Condemns Compulsory Redundancy of Union Activist

5th June, 2015


Phil Turner at the scene of the South Asia Earthquake in 2005. He travelled there with a number of Pakistanis from Rotherham to report on the devastation that affected so many families in the North of England. Photo © Guy Smallman

The NUJ has condemned a move by the Rotherham Advertiser to impose compulsory redundancy on long term Father of Chapel and union activist Phil Turner. This move is being seen as blatant victimisation of an activist whom has helped his chapel win and retain many agreements over the past few decades. Messages of support for Phil whom has worked at the publication for 30 years have been flooding in. Read more on the NUJ website here.

His colleagues have responded to his victimisation with a unanimous vote for strike action. Staff will be out this coming Thursday, June 11th, for 24 hours. There will be a picket line and we encourage all local NUJ and trade union members to support it. There will also be a rally this Saturday, June 5th, which we ask people to attend.

At our June meeting the LPB committee agreed a £100.00 donation to the strike fund which has been sent to the branch secretary at the Rotherham Advertiser. A motion will be put before the branch later this month.

Messages of support should be sent to

May Branch Meeting: Photographers & The Law

20th May, 2015

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6.00 pm Tuesday 26 May 2015, Headland House, 308-312 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP

This month’s discussion will look at some of the legal issues faced by photographers and videographers as they go about their work.  As speakers we will have two eminent lawyers.  Gavin Millar QC is a noted specialist in all areas of media law, including defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, publishing contempts and reporting restrictions. He often represents media outlets, journalists and politicians in both civil and criminal proceedings.  Shamik Dutta specialises in pursuing civil claims and public law challenges against the police and in enforcing the rights of those subject to unlawful immigration detention and unlawful deportation. He also acts for the families of individuals who have died in police and prison service custody.

The discussion will be followed by other items of branch business.

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